4. Drop Edge Beams

What you need to know pre-build

When comparing prices between builders it is very important that you compare apples with apples. If one builder is significantly cheaper than the other it could be because of drop edge beams.

Drop edge beams are essentially the extra bits of concrete that the builder can pour with your slab that go right down to the ground. The advantage of this is that it allows the builder to elevate the level of your slab. If a builder only allows for excavation and not for drop edge beams, you could be left with significant additional costs at the end of your build.

These costs could include:

  • Removal of excess dirt and spoil from your property
  • If your house is positioned too low you could require the addition of retaining walls as well as be at risk of flood damage.

It is very important that you are aware of whether you will need drop edge beams and whether this is included in your fixed price contract.

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1. Site Costs

What are site costs? What should be aware that should be included in site costs and establish all these costs before signing a contract with a builder?
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2. What is the difference between a DA & CDC in Sydney?

When building a new home you have 2 options to ensure that you are meeting all the regulatory requirements
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3. What is a Contour Survey?

A Contour Survey provides us the slope of your site and must be completed by a registered surveyor. Some builders will perform their own checks, but ANSA Homes strongly advises that this survey be completed by an independent surveyor.
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5. Development Application - The 6 Stages

Through this series of informative articles, one for each stage, you will gain a clear understanding of the entire Development Application (DA) process. In NSW, there are 6 stages in obtaining building approval from your Council related to a Development Application (DA)
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